Richard Fox

Great Britain


World Champion
5 x

Country Great Britain
Date of birth 05-Jun-1960 
Era 1970s, 1980s
List of honours World Championship Gold: K1 1981, 1983, 1985, 1989, 1993

Richard Fox
Profile Born on 5 June 1960 in Somerset, England, Richard Fox is considered the greatest Slalom kayaker of all-time, having won five World Championship titles in K1. Richard Fox started canoeing at age 11, and canoeing was one of his many interests in sport. It was not until 1975 that he committed himself to Slalom, a sport in which he would become the world’s greatest of all-time in. Fox set standards for precision in preparation, smoothness in skill and an impressive amount of endurance, which have never been equalled. In 1979, he took part in his first World Championship in K1 in Jonquière, Canada. Fox, just 19-years–old and with only four years of experience in the Slalom, took the bronze medal. In 1981, he won his first World title in K1 at 21 years of age, outmanoeuvring the field in the Welsh town of Bala. Two years later he defended his crown in Merano, Italy. In 1985, he completed his feat in Augsburg, Germany. With Fox now the premier target for the opposition and the pressure mounting to repeat, Fox failed to retain his title in 1987, but struck back in 1989 by recapturing the K1 world title in Bloomington, Maryland, in the USA. In 1993 in Mezzana, Italy, he added a fifth world title to cap a brilliant career. Sadly for Fox, his specialty was not on the Olympic calendar when he was at his prime.